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Selecting a time of day to perform backups is a matter of personal choice. It depends, as usual, on how you use your PC, and also on how long it takes for you to perform backups. Most people prefer to do unattended backups, and therefore, set their backups up to run when they are not around. The most common times to run backups therefore are:
Warning: I only recommend
backup overnight or while away from home for backup systems that are established and known
to work well. Do not attempt your first backup on a new drive overnight, because if there
is some problem, you won't find out about it until 8+ hours later. A misconfigured or
defective tape drive can sometimes "shoeshine", meaning it constantly runs the
tape back and forth over the surface of the tape head. This can be very damaging if
allowed to continue for hours at a time!
Most backup software can be set to run at a specific time and day of week as well, if this is convenient for you. Remember to watch out for interference from other software.
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